With the explosion of Internet and the exponential growth of IP based devices, the need for more IP addresses was felt and a new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) was devised taking into account the challenges the present v4 faces and the expectation and promises the future of networking holds.
ERNET being a Research and Education network has been running IPv6 traffic and extensively testing applications and network performance on IPv6 as early as 2006 when the technology was being tested across the world. ERNET had been involved with it International peers to enable IPv6 research network and help Institutions globally connect to each other on IPv6 and test out different applications and services they had core expertise in on IPv6 enabled network so as to be geared up for the future when IPv6 networks evolve.
ERNET has been one of the first Indian network to have implement IPv6 across its backbone and has the unique distinction of having the most experienced and qualified staff with hands-on experience on IPv6 networks and applications. The entire ERNET infrastructure in IPv6 enabled and all users hosting on ERNET Infrastructure are running dual stack.
With its wide experience in IPv6, ERNET has been empanneled by the Department of Telecom (DoT) for transforming Government organisations and Institutions on IPv6. The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) has also nominated ERNET to carry out the transformation to IPv6 of DeitY and its associated Organisations.
ERNET is also setting up a unique facility for Training and IPv6 Experience to the users and is very actively involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) to reap the benefit of the technology to the community along with an IPv6 Resource and Incubation Center & Test lab